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Establishing Expertise as an Ethical Expert Witness


May 20-22, 2013

Note new dates!

Austin, Texas


Training at a Glance
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: After decades of effective advocacy, policy changes, and direct service provision, myths about violence against women and victim blaming persist and impact the effectiveness of the criminal justice system's response to victims and survivors throughout the nation. Research indicates that advocates and law enforcement officers are effective expert witnesses, and that they and court personnel can affect change regarding the perceptions of these crimes. This conference aims to address that gap by providing a high-quality national conference to increase the use of expert testimony in domestic violence cases.

OBJECTIVES: participants will be able to:

Identify the elements needed for effective expert witness testimony.

Explain how the dynamics of domestic violence can be presented in court settings.

Provide for the expert testimony in domestic violence cases.


PRESENTERS INCLUDE: A collaboration that includes the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, UT Austin, School of Law, School of Social Work and the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The presenters are comprised of advocates, attorneys, practitioners, and researchers.



CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: 18 CEU / 18 contact hours approved for Social Workers, LPC and LMFT.



May 20 ~ 12:oo pm - 5:30 pm

May 21 ~ 8:15 am - 5:30 pm

May 22 ~ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


The training will be conducted on May 20 & 22 at Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Hotel (500 N. Interstate 35, 512-480-8181).

The training will be conducted on May 21 at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (727 East Dean Keeton Street)



1) Early rate registration fee is $300.00.

2) Registration fee is $325.00 after April 19, 2013.

Registration fee includes: all workshop sessions, conference materials and continuing education document.

For information regarding registration, call 512-471-2886.



Hotel Information

Enjoy Texas hospitality at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown Hotel (500 N. Interstate 35) blocks from 6th Street and the Warehouse Entertainment District and The University of Texas at Austin. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is 7 miles away. Often referred to as the 'Live Music Capital of the World,' Austin offers shopping, restaurants and nightlife minutes away from our hotel. Things to do while you're in Austin.

If you still need a hotel reservation, see below...

The Conference Hotel block at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown is now FULL. An overflow Conference rooming block has been arranged.

1) Orangewood Suites Hotel at 935 LaPosada Drive, 512-459-3335

2) Room rates are $95 + tax

3) Reservations may be made by calling 512-459-3335 and referring to the Group Code: OVW

4) Reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card to be supplied at the time of the reservation. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival or one night room and tax will be assessed.






speakingbubble_graphicComments from Previous Attendees

"Great workshop lots of very useful information."

"This was most helpful. Being able to actually talk about a real case was very helpful."

"Wow! Amazing conference! Presenters were the best I've ever had and I loved the chance for discussions and questions. ..."

"Very helpful ..."

"Excellent should be longer!"

"Provided me with good questions to look at regarding agency policies."